Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.
Rep. Nadler: Trump DOJ investigations are a ‘gross abuse of power’
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that the Justice Department under Donald Trump secretly seized records of Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. Also, Attorney General Merrick Garland vows to protect voting rights against Republican bills that restrict voting and subvert elections. Plus, the Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for Donald Trump to be criminally prosecuted. Michael McFaul discusses Joe Biden’s first trip abroad as president in stark contrast to Trump’s hostile relationship with world leaders. And former Rep. Tom Perriello says Sen. Joe Manchin is facing “a test of his convictions.” Rep. Jim Himes, Cliff Albright, Abdallah Fayyad and Glenn Kirschner also join Ali Velshi.
NYT: Trump DOJ seized records of House intel Democrats
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that the Justice Department under Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Also, Rep. Val Demings is challenging Marco Rubio for his U.S. Senate seat. Plus, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden talks to Lawrence about a bipartisan group of senators’ infrastructure proposal. And Lawrence remembers the life of Judge Robert Katzmann. Matt Miller, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ben Rhodes also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
McGahn: Trump’s order to have Mueller fired was ‘point of no return’
Tonight on the Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee releases Don McGahn’s testimony on Donald Trump. Also, Senate Democrats are willing to consider changing the voting and elections bill to win Sen. Joe Manchin’s support. Plus, Republican legislatures advance voter restrictive bills that make it easier to overturn election results. And former President Obama issues a warning about ongoing threats to democracy. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Andrew Weissmann, Ezra Klein, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Lauren Groh-Wargo and Zerlina Maxwell join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Senate Democrats face hurdles in passing voting rights bills
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Joe Manchin says he will not vote for the Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill. Also, infrastructure talks stall between President Joe Biden and Republicans. Plus, Rep. Nikema Williams discusses what’s next for federal voting rights. And ProPublica reports that the wealthiest Americans pay almost no income tax. Derrick Johnson, Marc Morial, Adam Jentleson, Eugene Robinson and Dorothy Brown join Lawrence O’Donnell.
NYT editorial board: Congress needs to defend vote counting, not just vote casting
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Joe Manchin says he will not vote for the Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill, citing the lack of Republican support. Also, Bill Bratton discusses what’s changed in 40 years of policing in America. And the Trump Organization CFO has “no comment” on the grand jury investigation. Ira Shapiro, Norm Ornstein, Rep. Colin Allred and Andrew Weissmann also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Taxing the rich
Lawrence, there is only one way to get fair taxation across the spectrum of taxpayers. Tax revenues like we tax wages. Wage earners do not do a profit statement and pay taxes on what they have left after expenses, why should corporations and llc’s get that tax break. After all SCOTUS said corporations and llc’s must be treated as individuals. Let’s do that. If you keep the current system, they will always have tax breaks to get around paying taxes. Tax revenues with limited deductions for smaller businesses. It’s simple and effective. Some states are doing it now.
When she speaks I take notes. I try to teach people how we indeed grew up believing we should run our government like our household budget. Hogwash!!! Love your willingness to get her teachings in our heads Dear Lawrence. Follow Ari Velshi’s lead.
Lawrence is a gift to the the listening American public. His clarity, and decency, based in humanity and morality, is a joy to listen to at the end of my day. Listening to Lawrence gives me hope we can solve our deep and longstanding problems and heal our society. I am a huge fan. I also really appreciate the way he has constantly upheld young Darnella Frazier’s bravery as she videoed the events, terrible as they were, that allowed the jury to come to their verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. RIP, George Floyd!